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Date: Mar 15, 2019

Online accounts linked to gun attacks that killed 49 people and wounded at least 20 at two New Zealand mosques on Friday had in recent days circulated white supremacist imagery and extreme right-wing messages celebrating violence against Muslims and minorities on social media and message boards.

A gunman broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one of the mosques. Police later said four people, who they did not identify, were in custody and one had been charged with murder over the country’s worst ever mass shooting.

On Wednesday, the Twitter handle @brentontarrant tweeted pictures of one of the guns later used in the mosque attacks in the city of Christchurch. It was covered in white lettering, featuring the names of others who had committed race- or religion-based killings; Cyrillic, Armenian and Georgian references to historical figures and events; and the phrase: “Here’s Your Migration Compact”.

Read more: Reuters

Federal prosecutors on Thursday brought terrorism and other serious charges against five people arrested last year on a New Mexico compound, alleging in a new indictment that the group was gathering weapons and training in their squalid quarters to kill FBI and military personnel.

The superseding indictment significantly upgrades the charges against the five, who were arrested last year after they were discovered living with 11 children on the compound. Prosecutors say members of the group conspired to provide material support to terrorists, conspired to murder an officer of the United States and kidnapped a child who later died.

Read more: Washington Post

The delicate relations between two former Yugoslav republics took a bitter and bizarre turn on Thursday as Bosnia and Herzegovina’s security minister accused Croatia of concocting a plot intended to falsely paint Bosnia as a terrorist hotbed.

The security minister, Dragan Mektic, accused Croatia’s intelligence service of trying to coerce a Bosnian citizen into transporting weapons and explosives to a mosque inside Bosnia.

If the weapons were then discovered, Mr. Mektic said in an interview with The New York Times, the cache could be portrayed as part of a terrorist plot.

Top Croatian officials called the allegations groundless, saying they were an effort to damage ties between the two countries.

Read more: New York Times

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are struggling to halt the spread of horrific footage that appears to show a massacre at a mosque in New Zealand as it was taking place. Dozens of people were killed Friday in shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

One of the shooters appears to have livestreamed the attack on Facebook (FB). The disturbing video, which has not been verified by CNN, ran for nearly 17 minutes and purportedly shows the gunman walking into a mosque and opening fire.

"New Zealand Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video," Mia Garlick, Facebook's director of policy for Australia and New Zealand, said in a statement.

Read more: CNN

Influential extremist preacher Robert Cerantonio, who led a failed plot to sail to the Philippines in a "boat that could have sunk in a bath tub", doesn't fit the profile of an Islamic extremist partly because of his "eclectic taste" in music, his lawyer has told a Melbourne court.

Cerantonio, 34, was the leader of a group of five men arrested after towing a boat from Melbourne to Cape York in Far North Queensland in 2015.

They planned to sail to the southern Philippines and work with Muslim militants to overthrow the government there.

The Footscray man faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment after pleading guilty to entering an agreement to do preparatory acts to overthrow a government by force or violence.

Read more: ABC Net (Australia)